This year, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters selected Robert Ivy for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The architect becomes the first in his industry to win the coveted award which is usually given to artists from Mississippi who have incredible works of art or have expressed enormous support for creativity. He was awarded together with Andrew Young, a stained-glass designer on 2nd June at an event held at the institution. The two join a list of eminent personalities who have won the award in the past like writer Shelby Foote and renowned actor Morgan Freeman.
Robert Ivy has made immense contributions to the architectural industry over the years. As the vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he has grown the institution to global ranks and increased its membership to the highest levels. Speaking on behalf of the organization, AIA’s president Carl Elefante expressed his delight with Ivy. He said that Ivy was a worthy proponent of the architectural profession.
Before joining the AIA, Robert Ivy worked as the editor in chief of an architectural journal called the Architectural Journal published by McGraw Hill. He succeeded in making the journal the most widely read architectural journal in the world. Ivy also led McGraw Hill in their growth and expansion in China and the Middle East. The Architectural Record received several awards under his leadership including 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and the National Magazine Award for National Excellence.
Nancy LaForge, the president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, said that Robert Ivy deserved the award. She pointed out that as an international speaker and author, he had played significant role in making architecture obtainable to the public. Ivy is the author of the Fay Jones biography which is currently in its third edition.
Robert Ivy attended the Sewanee: the University of the South where he studied English and Biology. He also has a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Ivy has received other honors like the Dean’s Medal from Arkansas University. The National Architecture Body also named him Master Architect in 2010.
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